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Embroidered Pet Portraits: The Thread Painting Technique

via Domestika


Discover how to create realistic portraits that capture the essence and spirit of an animal through creative hand embroidery
  • Introduction
  • Preparing the Portrait
  • Starting Your Pet Portrait
  • The Cat’s Features
  • The Last Steps
  • Final project
When it comes to creating realistic artwork, thread painting is an essential technique. For portraying animals, in particular, it’s even more useful thanks to its ability to replicate fur. Hand-embroidery artist Michelle Staub specializes in creating custom pet portraits using creative stitching techniques. She shares her work with over 180K followers on Instagram and has published a book on the subject.

In this online course, she teaches you how to hand embroider a realistic pet portrait of your own using the thread painting technique. Create handmade tributes that celebrate the connection between humans and their pets using your own two hands.


  • About Me
  • Influences
  • Materials
  • Embroidery Stitches 1
  • Embroidery Stitches 2
  • Finding the Perfect Photo and Creating a Pattern
  • Transferring the Pattern
  • Choosing Colors
  • How to Tackle the Portrait
  • Starting the Portrait
  • The Neck
  • The Ears 1
  • The Ears 2
  • The Eyes
  • The Nose, the Chin, and the Cheeks
  • The Forehead and the Side of the Face 1
  • The Forehead and the Side of the Face 2
  • Whiskers and Background Elements
  • Finishing the Portrait
  • Customizing the Design: Decorative Elements
  • Embroidered Pet Portraits: The Thread Painting Technique

Taught by

Michelle Staub ⋆ StitchingSabbatical


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